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The 10 year War in the Iliad

Posted by seshdotcom on June 29, 2009

The 10-year war in The
Iliad begins when Paris,
son of Trojan king Priam, is
called upon to judge a
beauty contest between
the goddesses Aphrodite,
Hera, and Athena. All
three offer Paris bribes,
but Aphrodite’s is the most
tempting. She promises
him the hand of the beautiful
Helen—who is the
wife of Menelaus, the
Greek king. Menelaus
launches an expedition to
recover her, assisted by legendary warriors
Achilles, Odysseus, Ajax, Nestor, and Menelaus’
brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and
commander-in-chief of the expedition. The Trojan
side is led by Hector, Paris’ brother.

This is for the people who are very new to the Hellene Stories:

Some Characters in this post:

1.Penelope:The wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity

2.Odysseus:a famous mythical Greek hero

3.Ajax:A mythical Greek hero; a warrior who fought against Troy in the Iliad

4.Priam: The last king of Troy; father of Hector and Paris and Cassandra

5.Menelaus:The king of Sparta at the time of the Trojan War and also the brother of Agamemnon and more importantly husband of Helen

6.Achilles:A mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy

7.Nestor:A counselor to the Greeks at Troy

8.Aphrodite:Goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology

9.Helen: The beautiful daughter of Zeus and Leda who was abducted by Paris

10.Paris:The prince of Troy who abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus and started the trojan War

11.Athena:Goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens

12.Hera:Sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with also the queen of Olympian Gods

Other short notes on Achilles why was he weak in his heal???:

When he was a baby his mother(thetis) tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river  Styx but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable——his ‘Achilles’ heel’

Beauty contest results in war:

Hello to the Greek people!!! 🙂 I would like to write something about the 10-year war in The Iliad which was the very interesting section and the section which never Bores you and so it begins when Paris, son of Trojan king Priam(Who is also the father of Hector and Cassandra), is called upon to judge a beauty contest between the goddesses Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena. All three offer Paris bribes, but Aphrodite’s is the most tempting. She promises him the hand of the beautiful Helen—who is the wife of Menelaus, the Greek king. Menelaus launches an expedition to recover her, assisted by legendary warriors Achilles, Odysseus, Ajax, Nestor, and Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and commander-in-chief of the expedition. The Trojan side is led by Hector, Paris’ brother.

The story narrates many conflicts within the ranks of the Trojans and the Greeks, including actions the gods frown upon that cause the battle to tilt one way or another. Finally, the long siege is ended when Achilles kills Hector. The Odyssey is an account of Odysseus’s trip home to Ithaca. It should have been a brief trip—just across the Aegean Sea and around the southern coast of Greece—but it ended up being a 10-year journey.

Along the way he and his men encountered an island inhabited by the Cyclopes, the one-eyed giant. They visited Hades(The God of death and has an army called Hades Shades), the underworld, and saw their fallen friends from the Trojan War. They put wax in their ears as they sailed past the beautiful but deadly singing of the Sirens, and farther on their ship had to sneak past a six-headed monster called the hydra.After more adventures,only Odysseus survived to return to Ithaca. He then had to reclaim his wife and kingship after a 20- year absence. In his absence, suitors had pressed his wife, Penelope, for marriage, claiming Odysseus must be dead. The Bow and arrow of Odysseus helped her to see him again and he cleared everyone

I wish to write more about Aphrodite and Achilles–In future you can see more..There is avery Big story of how the Styx river formed so stay tuned…

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The Greeks Euphony -Something about Greek Music

Posted by seshdotcom on September 6, 2008

Hey in this post you can find something about the Music of the Greeks,And many Instruments that they used have become very popular now and It was an Astounding fact for me that Achilles was equally Good in Music as he was with his Armory and Weapons.Two new word I came across was lyre-Which is a Stringed Musical Instrument which can aslo be said as the Ancestoral Instrument and a forerunner to Violin

Olden Aulos-An Effective Piped Instrument

Olden Aulos-An Effective Pipe Instrument-A small Nadaswaram:)

Music was indispensable to the Helene’s and they never gave up their Love for Music.And the Credit goes to God Hermes( god of commerce/cunning/invention/theft)he was the one who made the first lyres when he was Playing with a Tortoise shell when he was a Small Child.Music was recommended by Plato as a standard part of a child’s education, and one of the famous Book in Greek Mythology called-The Iliad also has got some information which reveals the fact that-The Greek Hero Achilles was as skilled with his lyre as he was with his weapons. The old myths were sung as well as told, long before they were written down. The children’s of the Ancient Greek City called the Spartan had their first lessons in their culture as songs.The works of poets were often regarded as songs, and by the year of some 500 to 600 B.C., the Carrying out or say recitation of poetry was generally accompanied by a lyre. The simpler form of the lyre could be found in all Greek homes.And I read that cithara which the Musicians Play in the Festival is one type of a lyre but it is very Complex.And among the Greek Community there was another type of festival performance called the Dithyramb(This is played usually in honor of Dionysus-The God of Fertility and Wine), a dancing chorus that evolved into drama.The word orchestra comes from the Greek word for “dance” (orcheisthai),And it is referred to as a Big Stage where the Musicians perform their Skills The aulos, a flute-like instrument that often had two pipes, was also popular and was often used to play dancing music,One Particular advantage in playing lyre is people can sing at the same time when they play the Instrument.

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